by Marvin D. Patterson

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The Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus Christ - Part 2 (2 of 3)
Series: The Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus Christ
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 27:45-54

A blonde is overweight, so her doctor puts her on a diet.

"I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat the procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you'll have lost at least five pounds."

When the blonde returns, she's lost nearly 20 pounds.

"Why, that's amazing!" the doctor says. "Did you follow my instructions?"

The blonde nods. "I'll tell you, though, I thought I was going to drop dead that third day." "From hunger, you mean?" said the doctor.

"No, from skipping," replied the blonde.


Our Savior is on the cross of Calvary in this passage. The Jewish and Roman leaders have unjustly tried him. Pilate has tried to release Jesus three times, but all to no avail. The Jews ask that He be crucified and that His blood be upon them. Barabbas is released, and Jesus is crucified between two thieves. All those who were coming in and out of the City of Jerusalem were taunting and ridiculing Jesus, along with the thieves at His sides. One thief asked the Lord to remember him when He came into His kingdom, and the Lord promised that thief that he would be with Him in paradise that very day. Now we pick up and conclude the crucifixion of Christ starting in verse 45.


1- The Death of Christ
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
The sixth hour was noon. The darkness was not due to an eclipse of the sun, since the Passover occurred at full moon. This was a supernatural occurrence.

This is an extraordinary event that darkened the land of Jerusalem for three hours during the brightest part of the day! This shows us that God the Father was looking down and observing what was going on. Jesus hangs on that cross for six hours, from nine in the morning until three in the evening. But during th ...

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